I can't believe that it took me so long to write a review for this place. To put it plain and simply- these are great people. My first interaction was with the lady who answered the phone. I was calling to see if they had availability for our date because I was purchasing a Groupon from another individual. She said something along the lines of "don't bother with all that, I can give you the Groupon price". Wow- Thanks Miss!
When we arrived, I was slightly hungover- stupid me. We were welcomed on board the boat with smiles and a couple jokes here and there. The boat wasn't AT ALL crowded, and it was a beautiful day to sightsee! The hubby and I brought a couple of lobster rolls and some cokes on board and stashed our stuff in one of the seats in favor of walking around on the top deck.
We set out shortly after arrival through the bays of Gloucester. It was beautiful seeing the "working" parts of the small fishing town. We took several pictures of the passing lighthouses before getting out into the open ocean. ...and that's when it began. Like an anvil in my stomach----seasickness...
Whale watching has always been at the top of my bucket list. I had been waiting for this day for YEARS, and here I am. Seasick.
Green in the face, unable to stand upright, wishing I could just go to sleep- seasick. It was quite possibly the absolute worst feeling I've ever felt in my life. The only thing that made me feel better was a young man onboard named Mark. He talked to me about any and everything trying to get my mind off my sickness. He rationed out peppermints to me and treated me like my well being was his top priority. When the whales came around (and WOW!), I was beside myself with tears and sickness and a complete mess, but he personally came to the back of the boat to tell me where to look (I could only take my eyes of the horizon for seconds at a time).
Here's what I came away with:
1- The waters weren't even bad, and I was completely ill, so this isn't for the faint of tummy.
2- The guide was incredibly knowledgeable. I learned so much!
3- These people care about the whales! When one of them slapped its tail against the water, we turned around and left. They aren't willing to disturb the whales for a couple of bucks.
4- The cook (I can't remember his name) was hilarious. He's a no nonsense guy who seemed really concerned (and slightly amused) by my mini sobfest and seasickness.
5- Mark, whom I believe was the Captain's son is what really made this trip for us. My husband was so grateful to him for his attentiveness to me (as was I!). He's going to make an amazing captain himself someday!
Even though I was terribly ill during the tour, it was everything I could have hoped for and more!
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